All Things Amusing Vol. III

My first eHow article…what do you think?

How to Do Laundry at Our House

1. Start the kettle boiling

2. Put clothes – BUT NOT TOO MANY (6.5kg total!  But does that include water…) into the washing machine.  We estimate a load to be about 10 pairs of underwear and 6 pairs of socks, or two pairs of trousers, or two towels…you get the picture.

{referred to by our landlord as a Filipino washing machine…although I’m pretty sure ours originated in Japan}

3. Add detergent…but the instructions on the detergent say clothes should soak for 1/2 an hour before washing….oh well.

4. Return to kettle.  Find that it isn’t yet boiled.  Busy self with something else.  Make a tea?  Nope – kettle busy.  Something else, then.

5. Return to kettle.  It has finished boiling.  Add hot water to bucket in sink.  Cover bucket, refill kettle, repeat steps 1, 4, and 5 twice more.

6. Fill remainder of bucket with cold tap water, lift incredibly heavy bucket and carry to afore-mentioned Filipino washing machine (FWM).

7. Repeat steps 1, 4, 5 and 6 twice more.

8. Turn on FWM.  Realize that the outlet FWM is plugged into no longer works as of 23 seconds ago.  Find extension cord, change outlets, turn on FWM.

9. Wait 15 minutes – yes, that’s how long it takes to ‘wash’ clothes.

10. Make sure hose is securely positioned near the drain in the shower in the bathroom.  Drain water.

11. Refill bucket 3 times, run machine again to rinse.  Do this two or three times, or until you don’t see bubbles in FWM anymore.

12. Remove super wet clothes from left-hand compartment and transfer to right-hand for spin

13. Turn on spin.  Wait 5 minutes.

14. Remove clothes, hang outside.

15. Realize it’s raining – decide the clothes will just be that much cleaner.

16. Out of not much more than curiosity, check on clothes.  Discover that red dirt outside is splashing up on your freshly washed clothes…

All I can say is it’s better than washing by hand, yo.

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3 thoughts on “All Things Amusing Vol. III

  1. Mom says:

    By the time your stint in the Philippines has completed, you will be the most patient person around. You will then need to teach classes to all Americans about the fine art of patience and thankfulness. Love you daughter. MOM

  2. Shoshana Levin says:

    Definitely better to just wash my hand…….

  3. ursula says:

    Sweetie, this blog makes me 1.admire you and your commitment. 2. Be more grateful for my conveniences and 3. Realize that the world better be so glad to have you and Chris

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